Grief, Laughter and Healing

Greetings my dear Hypnolings, I suppose my prolonged silence qualifies this as Rich’s Blog 3.1, but we ’ll call the past few weeks ‘research’ and give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. If the English theologian John Ray is correct and ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions,” that makes me a highway [...]

The Beauty of Brokenness

Hypnosis is an amazingly powerful and effective tool. In fact, the Yahoo search I just ran returned 11,500,000 hits for “Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy”, so in the face of that amount of evidence, I think even the most ardent skeptic would have to admit that when we say “Sleep,” something powerful happens. As amazing and effective [...]

The Liberating Power of Forgiveness

Let’s face it, no matter how squared-away you may be in most areas of your life, I am willing to wager that deep down you harbor one or two special hurts or negative memories that you continue to carry like a cask of precious jewels. You hate how the memory makes you feel, but you [...]

The Rituals of Death as an Affirmation of Life

This past Saturday I had occasion to attend the funeral of Leo Balcer, the father of one of my childhood friends. This was a full Roman Catholic affair held at the local cathedral and was complete with an honor guard from the Knights of Columbus. I refer to myself as a ‘Recovering Catholic’ and it [...]

You Have Cancer!

This morning I had the unenviable experience of having my doctor look me in the eye and say, “You have cancer.” Now, I can’t say that I wasn’t prepared for it; because weeks of increasingly invasive tests and procedures, scheduled closer and closer together were a pretty good sign that something wasn’t going well, but [...]

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The Hypnotic Empty Chair Technique

There are number of practitioners who regularly read this blog and today’s posting is aimed primarily at them, although everyone is welcome to stay and read it as I’m sure you’ll get something out of it too. I would be very interested in any feedback from my hypnotherapy colleagues on the technique I’m going to [...]

Life, Death and the Choices In Between

Life is About Choices Our lives are a continuous series of daily choices, and the consequences of our choices should be intentional. Are you a bystander watching your life events unfold in a random fashion? Or do you recognize and make deliberate choices? Another question becomes, when you make a choice are you considering simply [...]

When Relationships End

Breaking Up is Hard to Do People seek counseling, especially for the first time, for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps someone close to them suggested they get help; other people look to counseling to help them cope with an event or issue they are finding overwhelming or difficult to resolve. A very common reason [...]